Welcome to the National Preparedness Month Survey!

In honor of National Preparedness Month (NPM), the Cities of Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo would like to know what type of personal preparedness steps you and your family have taken, and to know what kind of hazards you are concerned about.

This year's theme, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today." reminds us that we should all take action to prepare for disasters!

We should all know how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM and the Cities is to increase community resilience and engagement in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship.

We know you’re busy so we’ve kept the survey to just 11 questions and we’re entering survey participants into a drawing for a personal emergency preparedness kit valued at over $640!

For more information, contact Jenelle Masterson, Emergency Services Manager, at prepare@smcfire.org or (650) 522-7960.

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* 1. What hazards around your community most concern you today? (Select all that apply)

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* 2. In your household, has anyone done any of the following preparedness activities?

  Have Done Plan to Do Have Not Done Unable to Do Not Applicable
Talked about what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Prepared a family emergency plan.
Attended a course dealing with emergency preparedness (e.g. Get Ready, CERT, First Aid, CPR).
Made an emergency kit or assembled emergency supplies.
Purchased hazard insurance (flood, earthquake, etc.).
Identified and understand utility shutoffs.
Anchored service utilities to your home (water heater, furnace, wood stove, etc.).
Strengthened your home through mitigation retrofits from when your home was constructed.

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* 3. In your opinion, which of the following community assets are most vulnerable to natural hazards in your community? (Please rank these community assets in order of vulnerability from 1 = MOST VULNERABLE to 6 = LEAST VULNERABLE.)

  1 - MOST Vulnerable 2 3 4 5 6 - LEAST Vulnerable
Cultural/Historic: Damage or loss of libraries, public gathering spaces, historic properties, etc.
Economic: Business interruptions or closure, job losses, etc.
Environmental: Damage, contamination or loss of wetlands, waterways, etc.
Governmental: Ability to maintain order and continue providing public services, etc.
Infrastructure: Damage or loss of roads, bridges, utilities, schools, etc.
People: Loss of life and/or injuries

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* 4. Which of the following actions do you think should be taken in order to reduce damage and disruption from hazard events within your City? Please rank each option as a high, moderate, or low priority.

  High Priority Moderate Priority Low Priority
Strengthen critical public facilities (ex: police & fire stations, schools)
Strengthen infrastructure (ex: roads, bridges, water/wastewater and electric power supply facilities)
Protect cultural and /or historic resources (ex: monuments, museums, historic landmarks, etc.)
Install or improve protective structures (ex: levees)
Strengthen building codes and regulations to include higher standards for new developments in known hazard areas.
Provide better public information about hazard risks and available mitigation measures.
Develop climate adaptation plans, policies, or projects to minimize potential negative impacts from climate change.

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* 5. What are some other steps that the City could take to reduce or eliminate the risk of future hazard damages?

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* 6. Do you think you are well informed about the dangers of the hazards affecting your city?

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* 7. What are the most effective ways for you to receive information about disaster preparedness and how to make your home and neighborhood more resistant to natural hazards?

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* 8. Would you attend public education classes dealing with emergency preparedness & hazard awareness if they were offered?

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* 9. Where do you live?

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* 10. How long have you lived in the city you chose in the previous question?

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* 11. Do you own or rent your home?

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* 12. Enter to win a Personal Disaster Preparedness Kit ($60 value) and to receive future information about Emergency Preparedness in Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo! Your personal information will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

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